Thursday 18 December 2014

Champions League is Bale's priority

Published 29/04/2013 | 16:49

Gareth Bale won the Player of the Year and the Young Player of the Year awards on Sunday
Gareth Bale won the Player of the Year and the Young Player of the Year awards on Sunday

Gareth Bale would gladly trade in his two PFA awards for a guaranteed top-four finish with Tottenham.

Not for the first time this season, Bale was the star of the show on Sunday night, winning the Professional Footballers' Association (PFA) Player of the Year Award and the Young Player of the Year gong at a star-studded awards ceremony in central London.

"I definitely would do it," Bale said when asked if he would swap his two awards for a guaranteed top-four finish. "Overall we have been doing fantastic this season."

The 23-year-old beamed with pride as he collected both awards, and during his acceptance speech re-iterated his desire to return to the biggest stage of all next season - the Champions League.

Tottenham's hopes of qualifying for Europe's biggest club competition took another blow on Saturday when they needed a last-gasp equaliser to snatch a draw at lowly Wigan.

Bale has been pleased with his remarkable season, which has yielded 29 goals for club and country, and he believes Tottenham have a bright future ahead of them.

He added: "We still have quite a young squad when you compare us to a lot of the other teams. A lot of us are around a similar age. We have been together now for three or four years.

"We have grown up together and the confidence is there. We are still young, we are improving every season and hopefully we can reach our ambitions, which we know we can achieve."

Bale first announced himself on the world stage two seasons ago with two stunning displays against Inter Milan, but he has since gone on to become an even better footballer. The former Southampton man has developed in to a deadly forward who is just as comfortable operating down the left or right and in his now-favoured position just behind a central striker.

His performances this season have led to speculation that Real Madrid are set to launch a big-money bid for the player, but Bale himself played down talk of a summer move last night, describing it only as "speculation".

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